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    Callouts 2012

    Saturday, 03 November 2012 11:51

    Callout: Norsworthy/Down Tor

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    Callout 3 Nov 2012 – Norsworthy/Down Tor

    Members from Ashburton joined colleagues in DSRT Tavistock and DSRT Plymouth on a callout to Down Tor on early on Saturday evening the 3rd November.

    The callout during the Group Training Weekend was raised when a male walker sustained a lower leg injury whilst out walking around Down Tor. He was being attended by a paramedic from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust who needed assistance from Dartmoor Rescue to evacuate the casualty about a 1Km to the waiting ambulance at Norsworthy Bridge.

    A tricky stretcher carry on slippery and in places muddy terrain with various stone wall obstacles was successfully negotiated by members from all the 3 teams involved working seemlessly together.

    A happy outcome and we wish the gentleman involved a very speedy recovery.

    UPDATE: The gentleman concerned is part of the Plymouth Civic Society and he wrote a very nice piece about his experience that he posted on the society’s website. http://www.plymouthcivicsociety.co.uk/

    The piece is copied below:

    DARTMOOR HEROES

    Concerned as we are with civic matters, we don’t very often appreciate those volunteer civic organisations that provide life saving services. This webmaster has cause to be thankful to the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Group who came to his aid after suffering a broken ankle while climbing Down Tor near Burrator.

    Failing light and wrong footwear had led to catastrophic consequences but a 999 call brought a paramedic from Tavistock who located me in the rain and darkness with the help of my wife. Further calls to the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Group found all four rescue teams (Ashburton, Plymouth, Tavistock and Okehampton) on a training weekend in Okehampton. All four teams came to Burrator, some 35 persons in all including the paramedic and ambulance crew from Derriford. We must have made a strange sight – the bright helmet lights in the darkness surrounding the stretcher relaying me through the scree and mud to safety, and eventually on to Derriford Hospital.

    In all, a humbling experience and my gratitude to all concerned.

    The gentleman concerned also route to the Dartmoor Rescue group secretary expressing his gratitude. The letter can be found at the following link: http://79.170.40.241/dsrtashburton.org.uk/always-nice-to…ve-a-thank-you/

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